Shenzhou VIII nears Tiangong-1 for docking

Updated: 2011-11-02 18:43


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BEIJING - A spokesman with China's manned space program said Wednesday afternoon that the unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou VIII will begin automatic navigation and control at 11:00 pm in order to prepare to dock with the Tiangong-1 space lab module.

The Tiangong-1's orbit has been adjusted for the docking procedure, while the Shenzhou VIII is operating in "good condition" and currently meets the requirements for docking, the spokesman said.